Roughlee Parish News

September 2020 – Parish News

Another month and still no sign of a return to normality. The Parish Council have been meeting on Zoom as necessary but we have yet to return to our regular schedule of meetings.

Senior Citizens lunch

One unfortunate consequence is that we have decided that this year’s SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS LUNCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We have taken this decision with much regret but the safety of all concerned must be the first consideration.

Pendle Halloween Festival

On a more positive note the Village Centre Committee have decide that the Halloween Festival will be held this year on 31st October. This will be an outside only event centered on scarecrows around the village on the actual day. The plan is to have prizes for the best area and an overall winner. The Bay Horse will be the central hub to this year’s event and will theme up for the occasion. Please let’s put on a good show, it gives a great focus for isolated homes and will cheer up the children.

Heys Lane improvements

We are disappointed to hear that the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership have decided not to proceed with proposals to improve Heys Lane, otherwise known as Barley Old Road. The Lane links Roughlee to Barley and is in a very poor condition. The proposed scheme would have improved drainage and resurfaced parts of the Lane which are currently quite dangerous. There would have been clear benefits for local people who are deterred from using the Lane because of its condition. Unfortunately the scheme was opposed by some Barley residents who feared that the improvements would attract more visitors to Barley which at times is inundated. Whilst understanding the fears of Barley residents it is regrettable that the investment will now be lost to the disadvantage of other local people.

Village maintenance

Meanwhile Roughlee Parish Council will continue to improve aspects of the village including notice boards and footpath gates. It is also very pleasing to see that the village flowerbeds and planting boxes have been maintained to their usual high standard. Very many thanks to all who have given their time and donated plants. These efforts are very much appreciated.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council